Manchester United’s team bus was attacked before their 3-2 loss at West Ham.
Tuesday night’s defeat put a serious dent in United’s hopes of a top-four finish and getting back into the Champions League.
A win at Upton Park would have seen Louis van Gaal’s team leapfrog neighbours Manchester City into fourth.
But they blew a 2-1 lead as the fired-up Hammers gave their famous old home ground the send-off it deserved.
The result also means Slaven Bilic’s manne move within a point of the Mancunians.
Before the drama on the pitch though, Hammers fans smashed United’s team bus windows with bottles and other objects.
Fans who are found guilty of spoiling the farewell party by attacking the bus will be banned for life, vice-chairman Karren Brady warned yesterday.
But Van Gaal says he is not blaming the loss on the intimidation tactics.
He says: “It is not the first time it’s happened. OK, I have a long experience in football – some players don’t have that.
“It shall have an influence but I don’t think we have to look for excuses.
“We chased the match in the second half. Twenty minutes before full-time we are ahead. I don’t think you have to look to that [the bus incident] as an excuse.”
“I said in my [pre-match] press conference that the emotion of this match – a farewell to the stadium – shall influence a lot.
“You’ve seen it. The fans were supporting from the first minute, singing. Of course that was a big influence.
“As Manchester United you have to cope with that.
“The circumstances before the match were unusual and that will be an influence but I’m not looking for excuses.
“When you are 2-1 ahead with 20 minutes to play you have to make the ball big and keep the ball better. We gave a lot of fouls away, then you invite the set plays.”